Today was the day of the long-awaited Teminscamingue. The Témiscamiens offered a very warm welcome to the cyclists riding the 131.5km. There were spectators in every village and the atmosphere was great.
The riders showed determination, riding at 35 degrees Celsius. However, some cyclists encountered difficulties with flat tires or suffering heat strokes. The Temiscamingue challenge was quite unique due to its altitude difference, its landscapes and its exceptional roads.
For the first time since the beginning of this 51st edition, the Tour de l’Abitibi has seen disorganized and dispersed riders due to the heat and valleys. Despite everything, the New Zealander, Joshua Kench, led the breakaway race over nearly thirty kilometers and got first place. He was followed by the Canadian, Jackson Kinniburgh, and the French Lucas Cumenal. The 5th stage’s podium changed its roster with members from various teams.
As for the jerseys, the trend continues. The brown jersey was won by Michael Garrison of the United States National Team. The blue jersey is now worn by the American Matthew Riccitello, and Luke Lamperti of the U.S. National Team, is still proudly wearing the orange jersey, while the polka dot jersey was once again given to the Danish climber Emil Schandorff Iwersen.
The Host City Stage
The sixth stage of the Tour de l’Abitibi will start at 4:45 pm in Rouyn-Noranda. The peloton will head for Mont-Brun and loop back to the host city. That stage promises to be as eventful as the one in Témiscamingue, given the heat wave forecast and the many curves on the course.